T HOUSANDS of West Belfast music fans made the short trip under the motorway bridge this week to watch some of the biggest bands in the world play the two-day Tennent’s Vital music festival.
On Tuesday night US rockers Foo Fighters made their North of Ireland debut at the Boucher Road playing fields with support from The Black Keys, The Cribs, Trucker Diablo and The Minutes.
The Foo Fighters’ show prompted 120 calls to Belfast City Council about noise levels after reports emerged on Twitter that the concert could be heard as far away as Comber in County Down.
As the Andersonstown News was going to press, the city’s gig-goers were gearing up for the most hotly-anticipated act of the music festival, the return of reunited Mancunian music legends The Stone Roses, who haven’t played the city in over two decades.
Speaking about the noise complaints, West Belfast Councillor Matt Garrett, who last Friday spent an evening accompanying Belfast City Council’s Night Time Noise team at the Belsonic concert in Custom House Square, said he had received no such complaints from the West.
“The Noise Team would have been monitoring the decibel levels from that concert and would have issued an enforcement notice had any agreed limits been breached,” he said.
“Concerts like this can only be welcomed as it’s a great way of bringing money into areas such as West Belfast, particularly after the success of Féile an Phobail.”